The Dodgers saw all four minor league affiliates win on Monday night, including several standout performances along the way. The four affiliates outscored their opponents 28-4 on in the four wins.
Player of the day
Veteran right-hander Justin Masterson had a dominant start for Triple-A Oklahoma City, throwing seven scoreless innings to beat the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). Masterson worked around a one-out double in the first inning, and walked Tommy Pham the seventh, and other than a fielding error in the fifth those were the only two batters Masterson allowed to reach base.
Masterson even singled at the plate in his only at-bat. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt.
The 32-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers on March 27, is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in four starts with Oklahoma City, with 22 strikeouts and seven strikeouts in 19 innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Bobby Wilson hit a solo home run to back Masterson in Oklahoma City’s 3-0 win over Memphis. Cody Bellinger also had an RBI single, walked, and stole his seventh base of the season without getting caught.
Steve Geltz relieved Masterson and allowed only a single in recording a two-inning save. He has a 1.74 ERA in seven relief appearances for OKC, with 12 strikeouts and one walk in 10 innings.
Trayce Thompson struck out twice and grounded out in his first three at-bats, but singled in the eighth inning to snap an 0-for-38 skid between the majors and minors this season. He is now 1-for-31 with four walks and 15 strikeouts on the season for Oklahoma City, and was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in his three games in the majors earlier this month.
This is a chance to remember Eugenio Velez, who was 0-for-37 with the 2011 Dodgers, setting a major league record for non-pitchers for hitless at-bats in one season. Stretching back to 2010, Velez ended his major league career with no hits in his final 46 at-bats, the longest futile streak ever for a position player.
Call this the co-Player of the Day — third baseman Edwin Rios was 5-for-5 in the Drillers’ 8-1 win over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). Rios doubled twice and drove in four runs for his sixth multi-hit game of the season, and on the season is hitting .364/.382/.591.
The previous career best for Rios — the Dodgers’ sixth-round pick in 2015 — was four hits, on May 27, 2016 for Class-A Great Lakes, at Bowling Green. His four RBI matched his career high, also accomplished twice last season with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga — July 11 at High Desert, and July 24 at Lake Elsinore.
Rios talked about his night with Michael Peng of MLB.com:
"In my batting practice and pregame routine, I always try to use the whole field and hit the ball to left-center a lot," Rios said. "Just so that, in games, if my body wants to open up, I can stay close enough and able to use the field. I really take pride in that. And when you see it in the game, it's good to know that I'm doing something right."
Jose Miguel Fernandez doubled, walked, and drove in a run for Tulsa, extending his hitting streak to six games. During the streak, he is 10-for-24 (.412) with two home runs and three doubles.
On defense, center fielder Logan Landon made a tremendous catch in the fifth inning to rob Tyler Marlette of extra bases:
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes poured on the offense early in a 10-2 win over the San Jose Giants. DJ Peters hit a three-run home run, driving in four on the night with two hits. Yusniel Diaz was 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk.
Drew Jackson stayed hot with his third straight game with a home run. Jackson also walked three times and scored three runs on the night, and is hitting .288/.425/.559 with 15 runs scored and 13 RBI in 17 games.
20-year-old Left-hander Caleb Ferguson entered the night with more walks (10) than strikeouts (nine), but turned in a stellar performance against San Jose, striking out six with no walks in his five innings.
Will Smith, the reigning Cal League Player of the Week, went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Smith caught on Monday after a couple of games over the weekend at second base.
Rancho Cucamonga (11-7) is 7-0 at home this season.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons got another strong offensive performance in a 7-1 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians) on Monday night. First baseman Luis Paz, Sunday’s walk-off hero, was 3-for-4 with a double.
Center fielder Cody Thomas hit a three-run home run, and second baseman Moises Perez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Oneil Cruz walked and scored and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly so he had a productive night, helping to ease the fact that he is in a 1-for-35 slump, including no hits in his last 19 at-bats.
The offense backed four scoreless innings from starter Dustin May, who struck out four and walked one. The 19-year-old right-hander, drafted by the Dodgers in the third round in 2016, allowed six runs in his first start of the season but has 13 scoreless frames in his three starts since.
Austin French, the Dodgers’ 27th-rounder last season, made his 2017 debut with 2⅓ scoreless innings to close out the win.
Triple-A: In the finest of paper maneuvers, Sunday starter Wilmer Font was transferred to extended spring training, and Monday starter Justin Masterson rejoined OKC from extended spring training.
Class-A: Infielder Nick Yarnall was added to Great Lakes roster from extended spring training. The Loons sent pitcher Parker Curry to extended spring training.
9:05 a.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Jair Jurrjens) vs. Memphis (Mike Mayers)
3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Devin Smeltzer) vs. Lake County (Shane Bieber)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Isaac Anderson) at Arkansas (Dylan Unsworth)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) vs. San Jose (Mark Reyes)